For the last 3 years, the trend in emergency calls due to unsupervised medication intake has declined substantially. This claim was announced recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has brought delight to both health care practitioners and parents.
This conclusion was made after a study was done by researcher Maribeth Lovegrove and her colleagues. They got the data from various emergency rooms in health care institutions in the United States. They used the data that were from the year 2004 to 2013. According to the statistics gathered, ER admissions due to overdosage of over-the-counter drugs have significantly declined. This decrease may be because of the safety bottles and containers that are made so as to child-proof it from unsupervised opening and intake. The usual design of the bottles nowadays are caps that need to be pressed firmly and then turned to one side for the containers to be fully opened. This technique will safeguard small children from inadvertent opening.
Also, the packaging strategies are made in such a way that parents can well be advised on how to store the medications as they can cause severe reactions when taken in large amounts. Parents nowadays are also observed to be very cautious with regard to this issue. They are more particular with locking their medicine cabinets so as to prevent children from getting those drugs.
However, despite this good news, another conclusion has been seen after the study. According to the research more children are brought to the ER due to adverse reactions of the drugs. The most common reported adverse reactions are rashes, dyspnea, and drowsiness. As per the proponents of the study, this increase in admissions may be because of the over-vigilance of parents and caregivers to any side effects that they may observe after the children ingest the medications.